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What Is a Night Guard?

A night guard is a clear acrylic mouthguard that you wear to sleep at night to cushion your teeth and prevent jaw clenching. It is also called an occlusal splint because it can realign your bite to prevent degradation of the teeth from having a misaligned bite or from teeth grinding. 

A night guard’s purpose is to prevent tooth damage, jaw strain, pain, and symptoms of TMD. It looks similar to a retainer or a clear aligner like Invisalign. Dental nightguards are different from over-the-counter mouthguards because they are custom-made to fit your teeth and mouth precisely and comfortably. 

This prevents ill-fitting night guards and ensures that they do their job properly. They are also made of higher-quality dental-grade materials that are resistant to wear and tear and last longer. The night guard will absorb the force that would normally be transmitted to your jaw to prevent discomfort and dental injuries. Contact us at Candelas Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with an Arvada dentist.

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Night guards have variable life spans depending on how much wear and tear they go through and how well you care for them.


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The Night Guard Process

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Dr. Kim will examine the condition of your teeth and assess your symptoms to determine if you’re a good candidate for a night guard.

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We will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab in charge of creating your night guard.


Your impressions will serve as a model for your custom night guard. Unlike a store-bought mouthguard, it will fit the precise parameters of your teeth for a snug but comfortable fit. Fabrication can take a few weeks.

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Once we have received your night guard, we’ll call you back to the office to pick them up and you can begin wearing them. You should wear it to sleep every night.


Your night guard is only temporary. It can become damaged or worn down over time so you will eventually need to replace it. 

Signs You May Need a Night Guard

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Teeth Grinding

If you notice signs of damage, enamel erosion, chips, or broken teeth, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. When you grind your teeth, you exert incredible force on your teeth which far outweighs the force you exert when you are chewing food. 

This can put you at risk for severe damage or even tooth loss. If you notice signs of teeth grinding/jaw clenching or if someone else has informed you that you do it, you need to wear a night guard to protect your teeth.


Your temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge joint in your jaw that connects your jaw to your skull on both sides. When there is dysfunction in this joint, it can cause significant pain, jaw strain, clicking and popping sounds, difficulty chewing, and difficulty opening or closing the mouth. 

While there isn’t a specific known cause of TMD, many people with TMD also have bruxism, a misaligned bite, arthritis, or suffered from a jaw injury. You may experience radiating pain in the jaw, throughout the face, ears, neck, and shoulders, or experience frequent headaches. A mouthguard 

Misaligned Bite

Patients with a misaligned bite are at a higher risk for teeth grinding and developing TMD. This is because when the bite isn’t properly aligned, your teeth can rub against each other which can cause damage. 

A misaligned bite can also place strain on your jaw, causing dysfunction of the jaw’s joint that leads to TMD symptoms. A mouthguard will help by holding your jaw in the proper alignment and reducing jaw strain.

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Wearing a night guard can reduce headaches caused by bruxism and TMD.


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Have Questions About Night Guards? Find Answers Here.

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How Long Can You Wear a Night Guard For?

You should wear your night guard every single night to get the maximum benefits. However, the night guard will need to be replaced over time. A night guard can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years, but it depends on wear and tear and how well you care for it. 

You should attend regular dental appointments and have your dentist check the condition of your night guard. They can let you know when it’s time for a replacement.

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Do I Need to Clean My Night Guard Every Night?

Yes, it’s important to clean your night guard every single day. You should always rinse it out whenever taking it out or before placing it back in your mouth. At least once a day, you should brush your night guard with a soft bristle toothbrush and lukewarm water. Brush all of the surfaces to remove food particles and bacteria. 

Once a week, you should deep clean your mouthguard with a denture-cleaning solution. After you clean your night guard, it needs to be left out to dry before putting it back in its storage case.

Did you know…

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If you have TMD, wearing a night guard can reduce pain and improve jaw mobility over time.


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